The gateway to the Broughton Archipelago

As the sun rises on the coastal mountains, the working harbour of Port McNeill springs to life as fishermen set out into the productive waters of the Broughton Archipelago. Soak in the slower pace of life as you search the shores for waders and waterfowl.

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    Port McNeill Seawall

    Right in the heart of Port Mcneill lies an abundance of bird life. Stroll along the harbour seawall and take in the sites of this bustling working port. Some highlights include a Greater White-fronted Goose, multiple species of plover, excellent Bald Eagle sightings and a Yellow-billed Loon. Migration season brings the greatest diversity of species but there is a number of waterfowl that overwinter here. Continue on to the nearby School House Creek Trail to explore a salmon spawning creek and the surrounding forest.

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    Lady Ellen Point & Ledge Point
    Mount Waddington, BC V0N 2R0

    Located across the bay from Port Mcneill, the trails to Lady Ellen and Ledge point are accessed from the same logging road a short distance from town. Both of these trails end at different vantage points along the shoreline with excellent views of the broughton strait. The sandy beaches are great for beachcombing and birdwatching, and the two could be combined to make a lovely afternoon adventure.

Exploring the Cluxewe Estuary
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    Cluxewe Salt Marsh

    This ecologically significant area consists of a rare combination of river estuary and salt marsh in close proximity. The excellent spawning conditions host 6 salmonoid species bringing abundance to the area each year during the fall salmon runs. This wetland complex is significant for waterfowl with many seasonal visitors including the Trumpeter swan, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter and Harlequin Duck. During the summer, the area sees an influx of nesting songbirds which contribute to the 137 species spotted here.

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    Vancouver Island Photo Tours
    1003 Ocean Pl, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0

    Embark on a private photo tour with award-winning professional photographer Rolf Hicker. Capture the incredible scenery and have a chance to photograph grizzly bears, black bears, orcas and humpback whales, eagles, seabirds and more.

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    A Bucci Photography Tours
    1703 Broughton Blvd, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0

    Get some incredible shots on a wildlife photography tour with A Bucci Photography. Take part in Sea Bird, Sea Otter or Marine Wildlife Tour for spectacular wildlife viewing, with opportunities for viewing humpback whales, orca’s, sea lions, seabirds depending on the season. This experienced bird photography also offers land-based tours in search of birds of prey through out the year to align with the best viewing opportunities. 

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Bald Eagle - Vancouver Island North
The view from Port McNeill
Walking the shoreline at Cluxewe Wildlife Management Area
Port McNeill Harbour
Walking the shoreline around Port McNeill
 Visitor Centre

To the historic community of Telegraph Cove

One of the last boardwalk settlements on Vancouver Island, this picturesque town has a colourful past. Explore the bustling harbour or depart on an excursion in search of the abundant local wildlife.

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    Alder Bay
    1 Alder Bay Rd, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0

    A local birding hotspot, just south of Port Mcneill the community of Alder Bay has a fantastic vantage point from which to search for the 140+ species observed in the area. Stop in for a visit to this unique community and enjoy a bite from Roxy’s Diner.

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    Telegraph Cove
    Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0

    A bustling summer destination for eco-adventurers, the boardwalk community is a hub for wildlife watching and wilderness exploration. It’s worth setting aside some time to explore the different vantage points from the boardwalk, as the bird watching can be exceptional from the shore.

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    The Cove Coffee Company
    Mount Waddington D, BC V0N 3J0

    Located on the boardwalk at Telegraph Cove Marina, The Cove Coffee Company serves gourmet coffees and baked goods. Grab a coffee and take a stroll on the boardwalk. Open seasonally during the summer months.